Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
If ignorance of the law were proved there could be no fraudulent or criminal intent. Therefore, all those returning officers to whom the hon. gentleman has alluded would be discharged by any judge before whom they were brought. Of course, this does not add anything to the risk of prosecution ; they would be subject to the risk of prosecution in any case under this section. The section merely provides that the man shall be presumed to know the consequences of his own act. We should have returning officers who will be sufficiently diligent to make themselves acquainted with the law. I admit that the penalty is severe, but I think we might try this for a year and see how it works.